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DIY Rose Water Toner

When I was growing up, my mom’s roses were the envy of everyone in the neighborhood. Mom had rose bushes all along the front porch and down one side of our house. The flowers’ brilliant blooms were bursting with vibrant color. I’ll always associate this flower with my mom and my childhood—pure, comforting, and nostalgically sweet. I think these emotions are what make me so excited about this do-it-yourself rose water skin toner!

But why should you be excited about it? Aside from the fact that it smells lovely, it’s also gentle, all-natural, cruelty-free, suitable for almost all skin types (including dry, sensitive, and normal), and it won’t break the bank. Oh, and did I mention that it’s easy to make? If your skin is like mine—feeling “under the weather” and slightly dry because of prolonged sun exposure—this toner might be just the ticket to bringing some life and moisture back to your visage.

Rose Water Toner
1 cup rose petals (rinsed)
2 cups boiling filtered water
1 spray bottle

  • Place the rose petals in a pot or metal bowl.
  • Pour the water over the petals and cover.
  • Let soak for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Using a strainer, pour the rose water into a spray bottle.

Stores in the fridge for up to one week

Apply the toner after washing and before moisturizing your face.

Even if you’re like me and have been abusing your skin lately, you can come up smelling like roses with skin that’s soft and smooth to the touch.

What’s your favorite do-it-yourself vegan beauty concoction?

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  • Mgonzo says:

    Thank you for this fantastic recipe, makes a great gift too!

  • CimaraNyx says:

    A nice rosebush in your own yard will do the trick. The roses that are sold in the grocery store, for example, are horrible with chemicals sprays and don’t even smell good!

  • organicwench says:

    SoniaK EXCELLENT point. Roses are sprayed very heavily, so much so that a person should not even buy roses for your house, unless they are organic. You can however, if you do not have access to organic roses, purchase organic whole rose buds from mountainroseherbs.com. They also have organic rose hydrosol for a very reasonable price.

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  • SoniaK says:

    This is a fine idea but I would be very careful to point out that the rose petals most people think of as roses, ie, hybrid teas, are typically sprayed biweekly or monthly in fungicides and pesticides. Folks, please be sure that if you use make this toner you use only rose petals that have been grown naturally. Usually the antique or heirloom roses (NOT modern hybrid teas).

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